Chairman's Press

04.02.15

Broad Support for Legislation to Provide Certainty to Employers Offering Innovative Employee Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 - The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, introduced by Senate and House leaders last month to provide legal certainty for employers offering innovative employee wellness programs, is receiving broad support from business leaders and health care industry experts. The bill was introduced last month by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), … Continue Reading


03.31.15

Senate, House Leaders Denounce President’s Veto of Joint Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) denounced President Obama's veto today of their Congressional Review Act joint resolution to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its "ambush election" rule. Under the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate can vote on a joint reso… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Alexander, Murray Introduce Budget Amendment to Ensure Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments Reach American Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today introduced a budget amendment to promote the research, development, and approval or licensure of the most cutting-edge, safe and effective medical treatments, devices, and cures for American patients and to ensure that America remains the global leader in biomedical innovation. Alexander said: "Today discoveries supported by NIH often do not come to FDA's door… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Alexander Votes to Make it Simpler, Easier for Students to Repay Loans

* * * "I voted for a long-term serious proposal to simplify the maze of student loan repayment options and make it easier for students to manage their loans relative to their income. I voted against an unserious and unfair proposal to raise taxes and increase the debt just to save former students about $1 a day on their loans, on average, and do nothing for current or future students." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Alexander: NIH and FDA Must Keep Pace with Today’s Cutting-edge Scientific Advances

"FDA has struggled to regulate the most cutting-edge medical products. The disparity between the pace of scientific discovery and FDA's scientific knowledge is threatening America's position as a global leader in medical innovation." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24 - At the second hearing on the committee's bipartisan initiative to examine the process for getting medical products through discovery and development into medicine cabinets, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today to… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Alexander Seeks Input from Higher Ed Community on Accreditation, Risk Sharing, and Consumer Information

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today released three staff white papers and asked for feedback on three issues related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act: accreditation, risk sharing, and the collection of consumer information. Alexander said: "As the committee continues its work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year, I am asking the higher education community-including students, parents and ot… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Alexander Statement on Five-Year Anniversary of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the 5th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law: "Five years ago this week, President Obama signed into law a piece of legislation Republicans said would be an historic mistake. Since this law passed, we have seen health care costs increase for the American people, many have lost their health care plans and their choice of doctors, and fr… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Alexander Cosponsors Isakson Legislation to Reverse NLRB Decision to Allow Micro-Unions

*** "The NLRB's decision to allow micro-unions divides workplaces and makes it harder and more expensive for employers to manage their workplace and do business." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, today cosponsored legislation that would reverse the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to allow "micro-unions," collective bargaining units made up of subsets of employees within the same company… Continue Reading


03.19.15

McConnell, Alexander, Enzi Praise House Passage of Resolution to Overturn NLRB Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today praised House passage of a joint resolution to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its "ambush election" rule. The resolution was introduced under the Congressional Review Act, which allows the House and Senate to vote on a joint resolution of disapproval to stop, with the full force of law, a federal agency from implementing… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Alexander, Murray Urge Anthem to Notify All 78.8 Million Americans Affected in Cyber Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today urged Anthem, Inc., to notify all 78.8 million Americans-including nearly 800,000 Tennesseans and 450,000 Washingtonians-whose sensitive personal information may have been exposed in a cyber attack discovered in January. In a letter to Anthem, the committee leaders note that more than a month and a half after a cyber attack identified on January 29, 2015, "more… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Alexander, Cassidy, Roe Push To Protect Millions of Employees From Losing Health Care Plans

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate health committee, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) today introduced the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA) in the U.S. Senate and the U.S House of Representatives. This bill would ensure that employers can continue providing quality health benefits to their employees through self-insured group health plans. Many employers who choose to self-insure and pay for their employees' … Continue Reading


03.17.15

Senators Roberts, Alexander, Murray and Stabenow Call for Extension of Dietary Guidelines Comment Period

WASHINGTON, DC - A key, bipartisan group of four senators today requested a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) Scientific Report. Chairmen Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., joined Ranking Members Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., in sending a letter requesting the extension to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Alexander: Government Should “Enable and Encourage” Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Rather than Trying to Force by Taking Away Medicare Payments

"…The administration rushed the process with its penalties-and at the same time made the federal government the arbiter of IT quality." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the government should enable and encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), rather than try to force adoption by taking away Medicare payments. "Transitioning to electronic health records requires a real transformation in h… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Alexander: Government Should “Enable and Encourage” Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Rather than Trying to Force by Taking Away Medicare Payments

*** "…The administration rushed the process with its penalties-and at the same time made the federal government the arbiter of IT quality." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the government should enable and encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), rather than try to force adoption by taking away Medicare payments. "Transitioning to electronic health records requires a real transformation … Continue Reading


03.11.15

HELP Republicans: Proposed Labor Rule Could Restrict Access to Affordable Retirement Advice

In letter to OMB Director Donovan, senators warn of potential negative consequences for American workers if DOL "fiduciary" rule has not changed significantly from previous proposal WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) led a group of 8 Republicans on the Senate labor committee in a letter Tuesday cautioning Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan on the potential negative impact of approving the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule to redefi… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Senate Health Committee Holds First Hearing on Innovation Initiative: How to Get Medical Devices, Drugs, Treatments From Discovery to the Medicine Cabinet

*** "Today discoveries supported by NIH often do not come to FDA's door for six, eight, ten, or even twelve years. And the average cost to get a single drug from the laboratory through the approval process to the medicine cabinet is, according to some estimates, about $1 billion. Other estimates say it's double that or even more." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today held the first committee hearing on his bipartisan initiative with Rankin… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Alexander, Murray Statement on Fixing No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, March 9 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement: "During the last several weeks we have been working together to build the base for legislation to fix the problems with No Child Left Behind. We are making significant progress in our negotiations. We are aiming to consider and markup legislation to fix the law during the week of April 13th." ### For access to this release a… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Alexander, Johnson, Kline Call on NLRB General Counsel to Explain Pursuit of Joint-Employer Cases

WASHINGTON, March 5 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee, and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, today called on National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin to provide an explanation of his recent comments on his pursuit of labor violation cases against franchisors as joint employers… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Alexander Receives John M. Ashbrook Award for Championing History and Civics Education

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was presented Wednesday evening with the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University's 2015 John M. Ashbrook Award for his work in championing American history and civics education. "In my first address as a U.S. Senator, I proposed that we create summer academies for outstanding teachers in United States history. The next year, Congress passed legislation to create the Presidential and Congressional academies to inspire better teachi… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Alexander on King v. Burwell Oral Arguments

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, released the following statement on today's Supreme Court oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case, which Alexander attended: "Hopefully the Supreme Court will rule that the law means what it says. If the court does, states will have two options for the 6 million Americans who today receive tax credit subsidies. First, states without exchanges can still create them, but Republicans in … Continue Reading

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